STEALING from motor vehicles remains prolific throughout the Canning Vale policing district, with eight incidents recorded in one week recently.
Between March 28 and April 3 there were 13 burglary or stealing offenses at residences in Canning Vale and a further six commercial burglaries committed.
In the same period, there were four burglary and stealing offenses on homes in Parkwood and three commercial stealings.
In Lynwood, five burglaries were committed on homes and three on commercial properties while Willetton recorded three residential and four commercial stealing or burglary offences.
There were four burglaries on homes in Ferndale.
Canning Vale Police Senior Sergeant Brad Karafil said the figures were not alarming, and the average suburb would attract around four burglaries a week, but urged home and car owners to be more protective of their homes and belongings.
“In one case cash was stolen from a kitchen bench, and the (perpetrator) entered through an unlocked gate and open flyscreen,” he said.
Sgt Karafil said stealing from motor vehicles remained a major problem in the district.
“There is a huge issue with stealing from vehicles, some people leave their laptops or other items in their cars,” he said.
“They are opportunistic crimes; you can’t leave items in your car.”
Similarly, Sgt Karafil encouraged homeowners to lock their doors and gates – even if they are home.
“One victim was having a barbecue out the back of their home with friends when someone entered their house and stole a handbag,” he said.
“Lock your doors and don’t leave (belongings) out.”